Brenda Valentine, First Lady of Hunting , Puryear, TN, BASS PRO SHOP’S TV Co-Host, NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION National Spokesperson, Bethel UNIVERSITY Head Archery Coach, is the recipient of the AMVET’S highest award, the prestigious Silver Bayonet Veteran Service, announced by the organization. The award was presented during the Joint Opening ceremony of the AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary, state convention in Gatlinburg, TN with a reception following the ceremony.
Valentine was recognized for her dedication in bringing awareness and outdoor opportunities to wounded and disabled veterans during recent years. Valentine, who is a passionate hunter and conservationist, has helped make it possible for disabled and recovering vets to enjoy the outdoors and be a part of the hunting experience.
For the past 5 years Valentine has shared her time and experience guiding and assisting recovering male and female veterans on turkey hunts, many for the first time. She has brought national awareness to this group of veterans through television, print and electronic media. In addition to the dedication Valentine has shown for wounded and disabled vets she is among the inaugural group invited by Armed Forces Entertainment co-sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America to represent the outdoor industry in the upcoming “Outdoor Legends Tour” designed to thank our troops stationed on foreign soil.